I simply cannot bring myself to vote for Hillary Clinton. I have tried every argument in my own heart and mind to allow myself to vote for her. I just can’t do it.
Because of my struggle I decided to sign the pledge. I followed the link on Face Book. I read various comments of people who had already taken the pledge. As expected some were just rants, one lady said she would rather vote for a three-day-old turd. That’s not a fact I can debate. I had to laugh but some of the comments were heartfelt soul searching. One comment that was closest to my own feelings was from a person who was still considering voting for HRC if she was the democratic nominee until Arizona. That was the final straw. I felt similarly in Illinois when Bill Clinton showed up at polling places in black communities and when his security detail blocked traffic in polling areas and when I saw how entire counties in Illinois “lost” change of party information or ran out of ballots. I don’t believe Hillary won Illinois. Illinois, especially Chicago is a machine state, thoroughly accustomed to cheating or whatever means necessary politics.
Then the news came flooding in about Arizona, Florida, etc. I had night sweats remembering the hanging chads from Florida of years past. I heard from friends and family from other states who witnessed voter suppression first hand.
So amidst my euphoria over the Sander’s wins I still had a sense of foreboding. Wasserman-Shultz and the other machine minions are going to continue this insane path. They are going to pull the guilt trip, if you don’t vote for her you will help the Republicans to win. I have never refrained from voting. What to do?
I have not forgotten how mass incarceration has decimated my community. I know how many more families were plunged into poverty by the war on the poor called welfare reform. I spent years employed by the social work industry watching families be destroyed because young people couldn’t get a decent education in their communities. Young men and women who sold drugs (mostly marijuana) and were charged with felonies and lost the right to vote or get student loans. I witnessed the loss of the most basic of gains made during the civil rights era and I couldn’t blame it all on the Republicans. The Democratic Party hasn’t done much for the minority community either. What is even more disturbing is how much Bill and Hillary Clinton have contributed to our oppression. I’m not just talking about the war on drugs or the welfare reform. I include the wars that have killed, maimed and psychologically and emotionally crippled people of color. In Illinois we can’t even get medical cannabis for PTSD but that’s another story.
So, in the face of all this I signed the pledge. I will not vote for HRC and I made my comments, granted permission to have it posted on my timeline and then a funny thing happened. It didn’t show up on my timeline and my IPad mini went blank.
So if you want to sign the pledge,http://wontvotehillary.com/